How Google Drive Can Help with Homeschooling Tags: Google Drive/homeschool

google drive and homeschool

This week I’m taking a break from my planning article to feature writer Sally Collins. She has written the following article on using Google Drive to assist with homeschool. I found it very interesting and applicable to several different situations. I hope you will enjoy it – and use it.


According to the National Home Education Research Institute, about 2.3 million children are homeschooled in the USA. Stereotypes in the media convey the image that homeschools are out of touch with technology and the fast pace of modern life. This really couldn’t be further from the truth. Many homeschoolers are using new technology to improve their homeschool classrooms. In actual fact, many homeschooling parents come from the tech community these days. Google Drive, the storage and synchronization device  for files developed by google, is one technology that is really helping homeschoolers. 


Unlike the traditional classroom, homeschooling is rarely static. Your child could be studying on your kitchen table, at grandma’s house, at a library or a coffee shop. What is more, homeschooled kids can acquire useful skills that they might not be able to in a traditional classroom setting.

 When it comes to the techy side of things, such as storing information and files, Google Drive is an innovation that allows you to keep all of your child’s files in the same place and access them anywhere. If you don’t have internet that day you can access documents offline too. Best of all it’s all online so you don’t have to worry about losing work if your computer crashes! 


“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.”
Proverbs 27:17 NLT

Humans are inherently social beings who can learn from each other. We may think we can go it alone but in reality leaning on others often gets better results. Collaborating with other homeschooling families on shared projects can be a great way to learn from each other’s expertise and get a broader experience. The file sharing aspect of Google drive is great for working on group projects. In the past, sending drafts over by email was problematic when the files were too big. Now, kids and teachers can upload larger files and edit the same document remotely while leaving notes and suggestions for each other. 


One of the criticisms made of traditional schooling is that, even if it is competent in academics, the classroom fails to teach important skills needed for life. Financial management, home economics, technology and skills needed for the workplace – these are all skills being neglected in the public school system. Google Drive is a technology used for real world collaborative work in offices across the country and the world. It also includes document types such as spreadsheets which are great for budgeting and slides which are great for giving presentations. Giving your children experience of using technology collaboratively is great preparation for when they graduate into the world of work or homemaking. 

Sally Collins is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.

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Why Would You Want To Be More Intentional? Tags: intentional planning

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  • One thing that seems to scare people away from embracing the whole idea of living with purpose and being more intentional in what they do is that they think it is too big of a task to tackle.
  • The Lord is faithful. If He asks you to do something He will give you all you need to accomplish it.
    • “He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” 1Th 5:24 ESV
  • One of our goals as homeschool parents was to teach our children how to learn and to love learning.
    • We tried to make learning fun. We studied things they enjoyed – and math,  which no one really enjoyed.
    • One summer we read a dozen or so books on the Civil War. Then we traveled to Gettysburg, James Town, and everything in that area. Seeing the amazement on their faces when they realized that things we read about were real was wonderful.
  • As young adults, they are now mostly self-taught. If they want to know something they just look it up on the internet and learn.


  • One of the biggest benefits of being intentional is that it can help you find a lot of meaning in life, even in the small, everyday things you do. That may end up being more important than you think. In this day and age, we’re so often completely disconnected from the end result of what we do. We do our job, live in our little bubble with no idea of how what we do affects others in a positive way.
  • We are social creatures who at our core love to help others and have a positive impact on the world around it. Without that knowledge, and with this disconnect, it’s no surprise that depression is now more of a problem than ever before.
  • Turn to being intentional and living with the purpose to bring meaning back into your life. Not only is it a wonderful way to prevent and combat depression, it also greatly increases your happiness.



  • As we live more intentionally and start to pay attention to what’s important to us, we figure out what our passions are.
  • Becoming more intentional with how you spend your free time, for example, you may rediscover an old hobby and find that you’re still quite passionate about it.
  • Without intent, we often let other stuff get in the way and we feel that we simply don’t have time to indulge in our favorite hobby. Once we rediscover or find out what we are passionate about, we can make sure we make time for it, no matter what that passion is. Get back into gardening, dig out the sewing machine, restore the car that’s been sitting in the garage, get back on your bike… do more of what makes you happy.



  • Most of us don’t like to think about it, but our life on this earth is finite.
  • We only have a few decades before we are gone. If we live our life with purpose, following the Lord, we can leave a legacy behind.
  • I know I want to hear the Lord say this and I’m sure you do too:
    • “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ “Matt 25:21 ESV
  • We don’t have to have an international ministry for the Lord to be pleased with us. We need to be faithful to do well with what the Lord gives us – our husbands, children, our home, or being a missionary if the Lord gives that.
  • Being intentional with your life as you examine what you do and the relationship with the people you love most. This, in turn, will help you craft and leave that legacy without even having to think about it or try.
  • I hope this short introduction of the many benefits of being more intentional in what you do helps you start to think about what you can do in your own life.

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Fall Learning: Lapbooking about Pumpkins!
Category: Lapbooking
Tags: Lapbook pumpkin autumn cross-curricular

Lapbooking is a fun way for students to interact with a variety of mediums and become 'hands-on' in their learning! I've created this PUMPKIN LAPBOOK unit to involve students in their own learning and be CROSS-CURRICULAR, (Language Arts, Science and Social Studies).

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Includes vocabulary, vocabulary cards, life cycle, parts of a pumpkin, pumpkin book templates to answer questions such as "Native American uses for pumpkin", "Nutritional value of pumpkins" and more.
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What is a Lapbook?
A lapbook is simply a file folder that contains a variety of "mini books," foldables,
and other material that cover detailed information about the lapbook's central topic.
What is included in your lapbook is entirely up to you and your learner. A lapbook
might accompany a unit study, elaborate on a book or serve as a guidebook or

Lapbooking can be done at any age and with any subject. At a recent lapbooking
workshop, lapbooks were displayed covering everything from fractions to "all
about me" to the Revolutionary War. Lapbooks can focus on a specific topic, such
as the rainforest, or serve as a reference tool for various skills, like basic grammar
facts. You might wish to make a series of lapbooks about great artists, covering an
artist or a movement per lapbook. You could make a lapbook to go along with your
foreign language program, creating minibooks that serve as reminders for
vocabulary and sentence structure.

It really isn't as complicated as it sounds, and that is just one of the beauties of
lapbooking. Once you get the hang of it, you will find yourself thinking about
everything around you in terms of lapbooking!

So what are the benefits of lapbooking? A lapbook is, first and foremost, a
fantastic hands-on educational tool. The lapbook itself is highly interactive – from
the creation to the finished product. And each component of the lapbook has
given the learner an opportunity to concentrate on a specific aspect of the greater

Beyond the educational benefits, a lapbook is a treasure. Students can review their
lapbooks frequently, opening up the foldables, reading, and touching, and reliving
memories made during the creation of each lapbook!

View My Pumpkin Lapbook and other Fall teaching resources on CHSH-Teach



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